Officers meet with public over churros at El Rey Azteca
Mt. Juliet police and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office combined last Wednesday morning for National Coffee with a Cop Day at El Rey Azteca in Mt. Juliet.
In addition, Lebanon police had its own event last Wednesday morning at J. Clayborn’s Bakery in Lebanon.
Both events were held from 7-9 a.m. and invited members of the community to come out and talk to members of the police forces while enjoying coffee and breakfast.
Tons of community members showed up to the Mt. Juliet event, including Barbara McIntyre from Murfreesboro.
“I think the event’s a great success,” said McIntyre. “It brings the community and law enforcement together, so we know what the officers are like that we’re dealing with on a day-to-day basis.”
McIntyre said even though she lives in Murfreesboro, she attended the Mt. Juliet Citizen’s Academy and likes the sense of community she has with Mt. Juliet police.
“They show you pretty much what the officers go through on a day-to-day basis,” said McIntyre. “You ride patrol with an officer, so you’re actually seeing what they’re doing on a day-to-day basis.”
Lt. Tyler Chandler, public information officer with the Mt. Juliet police, said the event was a way for citizens to develop a more personal relationship with their police officers.
“It’s gone great. Normally we do this the third Friday of the month, but this month for the national day, we’ve done it on this Wednesday,” said Chandler. “It’s been great. You know, Memo, the owner here, wanted to have Coffee with a Cop here, and we tried to put a Mexican restaurant theme on it with the churros with a cop, so we’ve got churros out.”
Although, the event was held by the Mt. Juliet Police Department, Chandler said he’s happy Wilson County sheriff’s deputies were able to attend.
“The sheriff’s office is invited anytime they want to come out,” said Chandler. “They can come to any one of our events. Typically, we have one or two sheriff’s deputies at our events. For this event, with schools out, a lot of their [school resource officers who] work this end of the county came out.”
By Jacob Smith